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JULIE WELLS: Turn over a new leaf in life by repenting

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

There is a strong desire in people to want to be loved, cherished and belong to someone.

Because that desire overtakes the heart, the brain does not get a chance to think things through before making decisions that effect them in more ways than one.

People act on impulse and find a quick fix for their broken hearts and lives -- or so they think they do.

Then before they know it, things are completely out of control and they find themselves in a never ending circle of disaster, drama and distress.

I've said this before -- people replace one bad thing or one unequally yoked person in their lives after another. The sad part is, a lot of the time it isn't an intentional cycle; it is an innocent one if you will.

This happens not only to non-believers, but believers as well.

But maybe here is a little encouragement for all of us.

I read this week the following statement and thought it fitting for today: "I thought love came in the shape of a heart, but it actually came in the shape of a cross."

If you find yourself in the same circle, spinning your wheels and wanting to know "Why?," then do something different.

Recognize that things aren't right in your life, that you are tired of the "same old-same old" and you desire for a new day. That desire comes from Him; He made you. He desires things differently for you, as well. You just need to be willing to give it all, not just some -- but all, over to Him.

Repent. I know, people don't like that word anymore, but that is how you turn over a new leaf. That is how the healing process begins in your life. Admit things aren't right and move on. The Bible says He forgives and forgets.

Lastly, receive what the Lord has given you. He has given you the opportunity to accept His love and His grace for the rest of eternity. He has offered you His life and done so because He absolutely adores you.

There is one other thing -- be willing to listen to people instead of beating them down. If someone comes to you admitting he needs help, don't pour salt in his already gaping wounds. You never know when it will be your turn to ask for help and seek the help and, most importantly, the prayers of another brother or sister in Christ.

Jesus came to give us life -- and in Him only will we find true freedom and grace. Only He will be able to make whole what is broken in all of our lives.

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.